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RUSSELL T Davies claims that "we've got a Government that is morally and profoundly opposed to the BBC", adding: "Please don't think they'll change their minds about the BBC" during the coronavirus crisis.

In February, the Government announced plans to consult on the licence fee, before coronavirus changed their focus.

The Doctor Who screenwriter said that on top of that, coronavirus was a "grave threat to all broadcasters, everywhere," but pointed out that during lockdown "everything is doable online".

Speaking at a recent Royal Television Society event on the future of TV, he said that in 2008 he was told by people working at ITV, "'We don't know if we can show this episode of The Bill tonight,' [because] they were so short of advertisers and money."

Now, facing a recession, Davies believes "is going to be even bigger" than the financial crisis, he warned that not only will commercial channels be affected, but streaming companies "will start cutting back as well".

As for lockdown art, though, Davies is sceptical: "The last thing I would want to watch now is a drama on lockdown, with everyone in isolation. Unless it's very gay and sexy, I suppose — then I'd watch it."

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